De Ligurra

Robert Louis Stevenson 1850 (Edinburgh) – 1894 (Vailima, Samoa)




YOU fear, Ligurra - above all, you long -
That I should smite you with a stinging song.
This dreadful honour you both fear and hope -
Both all in vain: you fall below my scope.
The Lybian lion tears the roaring bull,
He does not harm the midge along the pool.

Lo! if so close this stands in your regard,
From some blind tap fish forth a drunken barn,
Who shall with charcoal, on the privy wall,
Immortalise your name for once and all.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AABBXX XXCC
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 433
Words 87
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 6, 4

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